Children swim back and forth
in the pool, their skins mirroring
greens and blues, as if slowly,
slowly, they are changing into aliens.
Their hands and arms slice the water into runes,
shaping messages to ancient gods.
Wisely, their legs just kick and thrust,
not as elegantly as horses, but
with power enough to pound an escape.
Lida Broadhurst lives in Oakland, CA and has been published in a variety of venues.